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Seven Pakistani prisoners hanged

Pakistani authorities today executed seven death-row prisoners held in various jails in Punjab province.

Islamabad: Pakistani authorities today executed seven death-row prisoners held in various jails in Punjab province.

The prisoners were executed in Sargodha, Faisalabad, Lahore, Toba Tek Singh, Gujranwala and Sahiwal districts.

The Dawn reported that convict Amjad Ali was involved in the triple murder of two women and a child and was hanged in Sargodha's district jail.

Two convicts Iftikhar and Asif were sent to the gallows in Central Jail Faisalabad for committing murders. Iftikhar had killed a man in 2001 and was sentenced to death by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in 2004.

Asif was sentenced to death in 1998 for killing a man the same year.

An anti-terrorism court last week issued a death warrant for convict Sher Ali who was executed today in Kot Lakhpat Central Jail, Lahore.

He was sentenced to death in 2001 for killing a man.

Noor Ahmed was hanged in Toba Tek Singh District Jail for murdering six people from his family including his father and brother over a land dispute in 2006.

Another convict named Ishaq was sentenced to death in 2002 for killing a man named Nazar Mohammad in 1994 in Okara district.

Mohammad Nawaz was hanged in Gujranwala Central Jail for the murder of 25-year-old over personal enmity in 1999.

Pakistan resumed hangings after the Pakistani Taliban attack on an army school in December that killed 150 people, mostly children.

So far, more than 110 people have been executed as Pakistan has persisted with its policy of implementing capital punishment despite criticism by rights groups. PTI